Friday, 12 November 2010

San Pedro on the 11th and an Exploration on the 12th!

From left to right: Dad (Mark), Mum (Tracy), Scruffy (the dog), Nan (Val) and Grandad (Roy)

11th - San Pedro, Murcia
My Grandparents are over at the moment visiting from the UK and so the order of the day was for the family to spend a bit of time together and despite the focus not being on birds, we still managed to do a bit of birding whilst having a walk around the Harbour at San Pedro, Murcia. Amongst the many Greater Flamingo, Black-winged Stilts and Avocet were a few other interesting species including, Ruff (3), Dunlin (16), Sandwich Tern (5), Peregrine Falcon (1 Juv) and 22 Black-necked Grebe (see below). A nice day was had by all and with it being my Grandfathers 77 birthday tomorrow, I'm sure there will be a little bit of celebrating going on!

Black-necked Grebe

Glossy Ibis

12th - Murcia and Castille le Mancha

Today was an exploration day to try and find other sites for Pin-tailed Sandgrouse and Great Bustard. Unfortunetley we didn't succeed, its a good job the sites we have are already so reliable!! The day was not a complete failure though and we still recorded some excellent species including; Black Wheatear, Thekla Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Calandra Lark, Chough, Stone Curlew, Peregrine Falcon, Marsh Harrier and the Glossy Ibis pictured above, to name but a few!

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